Seven receive Farmers State Bank trust scholarships

Seven Pike County students have received 10 scholarships from funds managed by the Farmers State Bank Trust Department, according to the bank.

Seven Pike County students have received 10 scholarships from funds managed by the Farmers State Bank Trust Department, according to the bank.

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PITTSFIELD — Seven Pike County students have received 10 scholarships from funds managed by the Farmers State Bank Trust Department, according to the bank.

Adileigh West, a 2022 Pittsfield High School graduate, received the Helen and Forrest Baughman Educational Trust Scholarship, created through the will of Forrest Baughman to benefit Pittsfield High School students planning to pursue a career in a medical field. West was chosen based on her character, scholastic average, financial need, leadership, service to her high school and earnestness and desire for further educational advancement.

West also received the Louella Mae Dixon Scholarship, created through the will of Louella Mae Dixon to benefit graduating Pike County seniors. She was selected for the Dixon scholarship based on financial need, goodness of character and scholastic achievement.

Nathan Scranton, a 2022 Pittsfield High School graduate, received the Barnes Scholarship. Sammy and Ellen Barnes were longtime Pittsfield residents who believed in the importance of higher education and wanted to alleviate some of the financial burden for deserving Pittsfield High School students. The scholarship, established under the will of Ellen Barnes, is available to graduating seniors of Pittsfield High School who participated in band, chorus or IHSA music contests each of their four years of high school.

Josi Simmerman, a 2022 Western High School graduate, received the Earle Seaborn Scholarship, established under the will of Delma Seaborn Mink, who taught in various Pike County schools. It is given to a student who will attend a leading university in Illinois. Selection is based on financial need, scholarship, leadership, service to his or her high school, character, and earnestness and desire for educational advancement.

Marissa Burdick, a 2022 Pittsfield High School graduate, was awarded the Glen and Ada Schnepf Scholarship, established under the will of Glen and Ada Schnepf. The recipient must attend a state college or university in Illinois. Selection is based on financial need, scholarship, leadership ability, character and desire to further educational advancement. The scholarship is renewable.

TJ Reel, a 2022 Pittsfield High School graduate, received the Cox Scholarship, established under the will of William HH and Edith Cox. Recipients must attend an Illinois state college or university. Selection is based on financial need, scholarship, leadership ability, character and desire to further educational advancement. The scholarship is renewable.

Emma Saxe, a 2022 Pittsfield High School graduate; West and Simmerman each received the Hack-Miller Pike County Educational Trust Scholarship. The scholarship was established under the William Hack and Elizabeth Miller Family Educational Trust to benefit a graduate of a Pike County school. Selection is based on community service, leadership, character, academic achievement, job experience and financial need.

Raegan Smithers, a 2022 Pittsfield High School graduate, was awarded the Geneva McRill Scholarship, established under the will of Geneva McRill to benefit Pike County graduating seniors who are planning to become a lawyer, a medical doctor or a minister. Selection is based on character, scholastic average, leadership, service to his or her high school, financial need, earnestness and desire for educational advancement.

During more than 51 years of administration of scholarship programs, Farmers State Bank Trust Services has provided more than $971,130 to Pike County students, according to the bank.

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